January 5, 2011
WOOSTER, Ohio, Jan. 5, 2011 – The College of Wooster notes
with sadness the passing of The Honorable Samuel H. Bell ’47, a retired federal
judge for the Northern District of Ohio, who taught prelaw classes at the
college for several years. Judge Bell died Dec. 23, 2010, at the age of 84.
In 1999, Judge Bell and his wife, Jennie, endowed the Bell
Distinguished Lectureship in Law at the college, which each year brought one of
the best minds in the legal profession to campus to engage students, faculty,
members of the legal profession, and members of the local community in
discussion of a legal issue with broad implications for society.
“What made Judge Bell a great judge also made him a great
teacher,” said Henry Kreuzman, associate professor of philosophy and dean for
curriculum and academic engagement. “First, he asked good questions and
listened carefully to the answers. Second, he had a deep respect for everyone:
attorneys, clerks, victims, and defendants. This respect for the humanity in
all people carried over into the classroom.”
Private services have already been held and the family has
requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Bell
Lectureship at The College of Wooster or to Pawsibilities, the Humane Society
of Greater Akron.
A full obituary may be found online in the Akron Beacon
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